Here’s a simple race game that appeals to all ages. Draw a curvy race track on the board with a start and a finish. Divide the race track into about 12-16 spaces similar to a board game. Have your students make 2 or 3 teams. Each team gets their own color car. The students pass around a large foam die while some energetic music is playing. When the music stops, the person holding the die answers a question, identifies a flash card, etc. If the vocabulary is new, to avoid embarrassment to the student who can’t indentifiy the card, I usually ask the whole class to say the flash card. Then the student rolls the die. The teacher moves the car according to the number rolled. Heres the exciting part. If the player rolls a “one”. The car “crashes” and they skip a turn. I turn over the car and draw smoke or fire to illustrate that the car “crashed”. The kids love this! The first car to make it to the finish line wins! Play time is about 10 -15 minutes for a large class. For younger students you may not want to “crash” the car, or skip a turn. Just move the car ahead one space.
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